The Monteverdi Vespers of 1610: Music, Context, and Performance

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This is the only extensive study of the Monteverdi Vespers, vastly expanding on the author's 1978 set of essays on the subject, long since out-of-print. The volume studies the Vespers from the perspectives of its musical and liturgical origins and context, presents analytical essays on the music, and examines seventeenth-century performance practice as it pertains to the Vespers. Appendices include bibliographies and an analytical discography.

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Overview

This is the only extensive study of the Monteverdi Vespers, vastly expanding on the author's 1978 set of essays on the subject, long since out-of-print. The volume studies the Vespers from the perspectives of its musical and liturgical origins and context, presents analytical essays on the music, and examines seventeenth-century performance practice as it pertains to the Vespers. Appendices include bibliographies and an analytical discography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198164098
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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University of Washington in St Louis
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Table of Contents

List of Music Examples
Introduction 1
I Context
1 Sources, Controversies, and Speculations: The Early and Modern History of Monteverdi's Vespers 11
2 The Liturgy of Vespers and the 'Antiphon Problem' 56
3 A Brief History of Vespers in the Sixteenth Century 79
4 Vesper Publications and Modern Style, 1600-1620: A Comparison of Monteverdi's Vespers with the Contemporaneous Repertoire 99
II The Music
5 A Preliminary Note on Analytical Method and Terminology 185
6 Compositions Based on a Cantus Firmus: The Response and Psalms 202
7 Compositions Based on a Cantus Firmus: The Magnificats 256
8 Compositions Based on a Cantus Firmus: The Hymn and the Sonata sopra Sancta Maria 293
9 Compositions not Based on a Cantus Firmus: Nigra sum 308
10 Compositions not Based on a Cantus Firmus: Pulchra es, Duo Seraphim, Audi coelum 325
III Performance Practice
11 A Philosophical Note on Historical Performance Practice 347
12 Continuo Instruments 354
13 Organs and Organ Registration 358
14 Continuo Realization 367
15 Voices and Choirs 376
16 Vocal Style 386
17 Pitch and Transposition 404
18 Obbligato Instruments 412
19 Instrumental Doubling and Substitution for Vocal Parts 423
20 Metre and Tempo 433
21 Vocal and Instrumental Ornamentation 467
22 Tuning and Temperament 488
23 Historical Pronunciation 495
App. A Psalm Cursus and their Feasts 500
App. B Rubrics Regarding Vespers and Marian Antiphons 503
App. C Texts and Structural Outlines of Compositions Based on a Cantus Firmus 504
App. D Discography 515
App. E Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Musical Sources 525
App. F Theoretical Treatises of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 542
Bibliography 547
Index of Text Incipits and Composition Titles 573
Index of Names 577
General Index 592
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